Big basketball game in Athens tonight, Georgia vs. Vanderbilt at 7 p.m. It’s big for Georgia because:
Lost in the shuffle of Saturday’s crazy game at South Carolina is that the victory assured Georgia a winning road record — a feat that definitely should be noted in the context of recent history.
Georgia is 6-2 on the road this season — a dramatic turnaround from its 0-11 road record last season, 2-28 over the past three seasons and 8-63 over the past seven seasons.
Georgia hasn’t had a winning record on the road since the 2002 team went 6-5. This season’s three remaining road games are Saturday at Tennessee, Feb. 24 at Florida and March 5 at Alabama.
Vanderbilt shooting guard John Jenkins was the SEC Player of the Week after averaging 26 points in two games last week, including a career-high 32 in Saturday’s victory over Kentucky.
Asked Tuesday how the Bulldogs would defend Jenkins, coach Mark Fox said: “Oh, my gosh, guard him with six guys?”
Jenkins, a sophomore, is the SEC’s leading scorer at 19.8 points per game.
“He’s terrific, having a phenomenal year,” Fox said.
And if you missed it, here’s a story I wrote for today’s paper sizing up Georgia’s position on the NCAA tournament bubble, which isn’t a bad place to be after the past few years.
– Tim Tucker, UGA Blog